Lebanon rallies to edge Ashland in OT
LEBANON — Tanner Sallee scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in overtime and Lebanon held Ashland on its next possession as the fourth-seeded Warriors rallied to beat the fifth-seeded Grizzlies 40-33 in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state football playoffs Friday.
The win advances the Mid-Willamette Conference-champion Warriors to the state semifinals, where they will host eighth-seeded Dallas, which stunned No. 1 Summit, 29-28.
In other quarterfinal action Friday, 11th-seeded Central beat 14th-seeded Redmond, 42-36, and second-seeded Wilsonville beat seventh-seeded St. Helens, 38-35.
The final score represented Lebanon’s first lead of the game, as the Warriors (10-1) fought back from deficits of 14-0, 22-8 and 30-23, mostly behind a rushing attack that gained 350 yards.
Lebanon faced a fourth-and-7 from the Ashland 22 on the fourth play of overtime, and converted when quarterback Ty Hargis completed a 10-yard pass near the sideline. Two plays later, Sallee bulldozed his way into the end zone to put the Warriors ahead.
The Grizzlies (8-3) appeared on the verge of a quick answer after quarterback Tucker Atteberry threw a 12-yard pass to Nicky Weinberg to give Ashland a first-and-goal at the Lebanon 9. But two runs by Malik Pippa left the Grizzlies 4 yards short, and Atteberry followed with back-to-back incomplete passes, the last intended for Hakim Pries.
The loss was the first for the Grizzlies since Oct. 7 at Eagle Point.
The Grizzlies were a whisker away from scoring a go-ahead touchdown with less than three minutes to go when Atteberry, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns, hit Oliver Warren at the 1-yard line. Warren appeared to reach across the goal line before going down, but the referees ruled that his knee touched the ground first.
The close call turned out to be huge for Lebanon because a false start, two stuffed runs and an incomplete pass forced the Grizzlies to settle for a 20-yard field goal attempt, which Chad Andrews made with 1:34 to go.
Warren had five catches for 122 yards and Pries two catches for 69 yards. Pippa rushed for 65 yards and Atteberry 61.
The Warriors drove 56 yards in 13 plays to set up a 23-yard field goal attempt by Timothy Tiomi, which he knuckle-balled through as time expired to send the Grizzlies to their third overtime game of the season. On the most important play of the drive, Hargas completed a 16-yard pass to Sallee on fourth-and-7 from the Ashland 33.
Hargis passed for 118 yards and rushed for 129 more for the Warriors, who outgained Ashland in total yardage 468 to 409.
A — Pippa 11 run (Andrews kick)
A — Ellis 7 pass from Atteberry (Andrews kick)
L — Maddox 21 run (Hargis kick)
A — Atteberry 34 run (Pippa pass from Atteberry)
L — Hargis 2 run (Maddox run)
L — Hargis 4 run (Tuomi kick)
A — Pries 62 pass from Atteberry (Ellis pass from Atteberry)
L — Hargis 44 run (Tuomi kick)
A — FG Andrews 20
L — FG Tuomi 23
L — Sallee 4 run (Tuomi kick)
Ashland — Pippa 18-65, Atteberry 13-61, Hyatt 2-4..
Lebanon — Maddox 23-131, Hargis 19-129, Salle 11-47, Rood 4-41, Sipos 1-2.
Ashland — Atteberry 17-31-0 279.
Lebanon — Hargis 13-20-0 118, Team 0-1-0 0.
Ashland — Warren 5-122, Pries 2-69, Weinberg 3-35, Ellis 4-29, Pippa 3-24.
Lebanon — Sipos 4-45, Hoene 6-40, Sallee 2-27, Funk 1-6.